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North Auburn sting nets arrests

Five contractors issued notice to appear for no license
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An unlicensed contractor was arrested in North Auburn and booked into jail, according to a news release issued Monday from the Contractors State License Board. Jose German Lepe Puentes, 35, of Elk Grove was one of six arrested during an April 26 sting by the board’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team with cooperation from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Puentes reportedly faces felony charges for bidding on work without a license and for allegedly posing as a licensed contractor by reportedly supplying investigators with a license number issued to his alleged brother-in-law, the board said. He was booked into Placer County Jail, according to the board. During the sting, investigators posed as property owners looking for bids on home improvement projects. Five other alleged unlicensed contractors who bid more than $500 for work were arrested and issued a notice to appear for misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license and using illegal advertisements, according to the board. State law requires that projects totaling more than $500 be performed by a licensed contractor and their license number must appear in all ads, according to the board. Contractors without a license may work on projects totaling less than $500 but must state in ads that they are unlicensed, the board added. Among those who received a June 21 notice to appear in Placer County Superior Court are: — Melvin Aguilar, 29, Auburn, Spring Clean Up — Francisco Rossell, 44, Auburn, Rossell’s Maintenance — Phillip Farmer, 61, Auburn, Farmer’s Handyman — Ilya Sergeyevich Chernyshov, 27, Sacramento, Best Home Remodeling Juan Luis Ramos, 32, North Highlands, Ramos Gardening ~ Staff report